Portland State University. Department of Applied Linguistics
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1 online resource (65 p.)
Portland State University, English language -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Oregon -- Portland -- Foreign speakers, English language -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Oregon -- Portland -- Evaluation, Academic achievement -- Oregon -- Portland
Many programs exist across the United States to prepare non-native English speaking students for academic work. The effectiveness of these programs has been the subject of various research projects, with mixed results. Some have found that the programs they have examined seem to have led to higher achievement among participants. Others have found that it is difficult to show any effect. However, the amount of time and resources devoted to such programs warrants continuing efforts to evaluate their success.
This study compares the academic records of non-native English speaking students who were enrolled in the English for Non-native Residents Program (ENNR) at Portland State University (PSU) with those of a group of similar students who did not enroll in the program, with the goal of answering the following questions: (1) Does enrollment in the ENNR program have a positive effect on academic performance at PSU? (2) Does enrollment in the ENNR program have a positive effect on performance in composition classes? (3) Does enrollment in the ENNR grammar workshop have a positive effect on performance in the basic composition course? (4) Does enrollment in the ENNR program have a positive effect on performance in PSU courses requiring relatively more reading?
Dunn, Linda Carol Andrews, "An evaluation of the academic success of students who participated in the English for non-native residents program at Portland State University" (1990). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3969.